Evening Standard Awards go their own way

Posted by · 8:20 am · February 8th, 2011

“What is it about the British?” a reader asked in one of last week’s comment threads. “They can’t quite make a film of current topical interest or [sic] lacks some historical or classical literary backdrop to give it a sense of importance.” The comment is one of many “typical British film” jabs I’ve read since […]

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London fest honors Boyle, announces award shortlist

Posted by · 6:49 am · September 29th, 2010

The 2010 London Film Festival only kicks off in two weeks’ time, but with press screenings having started on Monday, I’m already feeling the festival spirit. (Those of you who follow my Twitter feed may have noticed some 140-character reviews trickling through.) Without a major world premiere like “Frost/Nixon” or “Fantastic Mr. Fox” in this […]

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Standard crowns ‘Hunger’ best film

Posted by · 1:44 pm · February 2nd, 2009

I have to hand it to the Evening Standard Awards: they are a breath of fresh air in a suffocating awards season. While their choices can have a bit of an over-democratic, drawn-from-a-hat feel to them (Stephen Daldry for Best Director? On what planet?), they are never afraid to veer from the herd. And so […]

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